Gratitude

“The following passage comes from the Gospel of Matthew in the Holy Scriptures, and it has mystified, confused, and been misunderstood by many people over the centuries.

“Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance.  Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.”

“You have to admit that when you read the passage it appears unjust, as it seems to be saying that the rich will get richer and the poor will get poorer.  But there’s a riddle to be solved in this passage, a mystery to uncover, and when you know it a new world will have opened up for you.

“The answer to the mystery that has eluded so many for centure is in one hidden word:  gratitude.

“Whoever has gratitude will be given more, and he or she will have an abundance.  Whoever does not have gratitude, even what he or she has will be taken from him or her.”

“By the revelation of one hidden word, a cryptic text is made crystal clear.”  Rhonda Byrne, The Magic

Most spiritual traditions tell us that being grateful for our lives and what we have in them is a necessary component of a full life.  If we believe that God needs our praise, then I can see that expressing thanks to Him in our prayers would make sense.  But I have had more trouble understanding the “why” of gratitude since I don’t believe God needs us to tell Him how wonderful He is.  (Jesus says this in A Course in Miracles.)

Of course, I can understand that we need gratitude.  It opens our heart.  And, not incidentally, it makes us just feel good.  Writing about the Law of Attraction, particularly Rhonda Byrne’s The Magic, says that without gratitude our wishes for a more abundant life will fall on deaf ears in the universe.  But is not a rote recall of things we are grateful for just seem to be manipulation of ultimate reality?

Our heart needs to be in the right place when we are expressing thanks for the blessings of our life.  We need not to be manipulative, we need not to say “thanks” just because it does feel good.

There is a higher reason for gratitude.

I know that I appreciate my life, and that is a good start.  Gratitude does warms our heart, and maybe that is reason enough to be diligent in feeling and expressing gratitude for our lives.

Gratitude does keep us in the right pathway back to God.  Separation healed, we are on our way.  And with it, the abundant life.

 

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We Choose Our Experiences

Just as you would go to a grocery store and choose what you will have for dinner and then go home and experience your creation so too do you choose each experience.  (“The Way of the Heart,” Way of Mastery (Christ Mind Trilogy), Chapter 2, Page 13)

The Way of the Heart was channeled live by a man who prefers to be known by a nickname that he spells “Jayem.”  His full name is Jon Marc Hammer.  He believes that he simply leaves his body and lets Jesus take over.  He recalls nothing that has been said in his “absence,” but recordings are made.

If Jesus is saying these things, and many believe that he is, then it does behoove those of us on the spiritual pathway to listen up.  This sentence, in quotation, simply says that we choose our own experiences in life by nothing more exotic than taking a trip to the grocery store.  While this does not sound very lofty, it helps us to identify ourselves in everyday life.  The Way of Mastery is filled with down-to-earth allusions like this.

Saying that we choose our experiences is very much like saying that we attract what we want.  And this “attracting what we want” is the essence of the law of attraction.

Come close to Jesus as you hear these words conveyed by Jayem.  Know that the experiences that we choose, that on some level of our psyche we choose, is what life is all about.

Healing

As you observe these connectors, you’ll note that they don’t dwell on illness and disease.  They move through their life as if their body is in perfect health.  Wayne W. Dyer, The Power of Intention

Connectors, according to Wayne, are those people in life who are tuned into the world and other people in it in a way that eludes many of us.  One of the things that they do best is to understand the law of attraction.  So to them it makes perfect sense to dwell on health.  Even if their health is compromised at any time.

We know that dwelling on sickness can only bring more of it to us.  What we focus on grows.  So the best way to proceed if our bodies/minds are compromised by illness at any point is to seek the best treatment we can find and afford, and then just let it go.  Let the doctors treat the illness.  We focus on the end point that we want, which is healing.  And healing can be emotional as well as physical.

Our healing has been emotional if we are no longer “stuck” on thinking about the illness just all the time.  If we are focusing on living the best way that we can.

This may not be easy, but it works.  Taking our mind off pain has been proved by research studies actually to lessen the awareness of pain.  The pain is reduced.  And this type of thinking can help any condition with which we are faced.

Of course, the best way to proceed is to focus on perfect health before any illness arrives.  Don’t dwell on “might be’s” or “what if’s.”

Know that our God is for wellness all the way, and when we cooperate with the laws of his universe, such as the law of attraction, we are in a good place.  Our focus makes the difference.

Walking a Green Earth Again

“I gave her the belief that she was herself the cause of her suffering, that she had somehow brought it about.  There is an important idea in Nietzsche, of Amor fati, the ‘love of your fate,’ which is in fact your life.  As he says, if you say no to a single factor in your life, you have unraveled the whole thing.  Furthermore, the more challenging or threatening the situation of context to be assimilated and affirmed, the greater the stature of the person who can achieve it.  The demon that you can swallow gives you its power, and the greater life’s pain, the greater life’s reply.

“My friend had thought, ‘God did this to me.’  I told her, ‘No, you did it to yourself.  The God is within you. . . .If you find that place in yourself from which you brought this thing about, you will be able to live with it and affirm it, perhaps even enjoy it, as your life.”  Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth

We are bringing about what we experience from the depths of our being, where God is.  The “genie” is not external, but internal.  And if we have not communed with our God, then our attempts to attract experiences and objects into our lives by the law of attraction, the manifestation will be hollow.  We simply will not long enjoy what we have attracted.

All of us know how fleeting is the sense of pleasure we get from material objects.  We want a nice car; we get it, and then too often we begin to take it for granted, and we are off to another object of desire.

There is no end to it.  The ego will tease us onward, but our continual happiness will be missing.

When we look within, though, where God resides, and we commune with Him, we find that our attractive power takes a giant leap forward.  We start asking for experiences that do fulfill us.  Our boredom with the material is assuaged.  We live peacefully and contentedly with what life brings, even if the objective experience is not all wonderful.

Our pain too may have something to show us.  And then, wondrously, it will cease to be pain.

The surety of happiness is built on a whole life, and when we take responsibility for the whole of what happens to us, we walk a green earth again.

Avoid a Demanding Spirit

“My heart is a verdant meadow with many blooms.  I open my heart to receiving love and respect.  I open my heart to many quarters.  I allow my good to come to me from all directions.  Remembering that the Universe is my source, I release individuals from any demands that they be the source of my good.  I allow the Universe to support me as it chooses, not as I demand.  I surrender my narrow vision to a broader and longer view of events.  I trust that as I respect and honor myself and others, I will be treated in kind.”  Julia Cameron, Heart Steps

We have to be careful when invoking the law of attraction that we are actually going to get what is best for us.  There is so much that is automatic about the law, but just invoking it willy-nilly won’t do it for us.  We need to know that we are on the right beam from the Universe, or God.  Otherwise, we will ask amiss, and when we get what we think we want, it won’t be what we want at all.  It will be something that we might regret.

I think that deep prayer helps.  Slowing down before asking helps.  Guidance through intuition helps.  If we are unsure about the timing of something we need to do, we need to ask.  There is no reason to believe that we will be left in the dark about the right way to go, the right thing to say, the right thing to do.  We will be told. 

But we have to ask first.  As the Universe, or God, to support us as He chooses, not as we demand.

This will make all the difference.

A Turn of Speech that Works: Say “Next”!

“Disdain all disbelief!  Work out a system within your mind that allows you to imagine yourself living a prosperous life, with all the material things that are necessary.  Send scarcity out of your mind and refuse to have those kinds of thoughts.  When an old habitual scarcity thought begins to enter your consciousness, simply say ‘Next!’  That’s right, simply say to yourself, ‘next,’ and it will remind you that the old thought is now finished, and you are entering a new prosperous thought process.  Using ‘next’ as a magic word will remind you to get on with the magic of believing, rather than the anguish of doubt.  Commit to paper precisely what you would like to have appear in your physical life.  By seeing it and reading I repeatedly you will plant that thought more firmly in your mind and you will begin to manifest that which you are imaging.  I use this writing technique often, and I place the affirmation in a place that forces me to constantly read the words of the miracle I am in the process of manifesting.”  Wayne W. Dyer, Real Magic

It helps to keep our minds on the positive when we are trying to manifest.  Our attitudes make quite a difference.  Wayne’s encouragement to say “next” is well-taken.  We must lift our thoughts to the good and true, being certain that we are believing in our heart of hearts that we choose this thing that we are asking to receive.

If we don’t truly believe, nothing will happen.  Or we will manifest the reverse of what we really want.  There is a subtle point here worth noting.  Our communion with our Maker will let us know if we are on the right beam.  If we are not, we ask amiss.

Don’t use the word “want” in affirmations.  This will keep us wanting, pushing the desired object off in the distance.  Use “choose.”  Then we are back in the present moment, and choosing what we wish to have.

Attitude makes a tremendous difference.  We can also use the word “next” when our minds lapse into negativity.  A negative mind does not manifest well.

Gratitude

“If you learn to focus on and feel grateful for what you have in each moment, that thought process will become habit itself.  Similarly, when you focus on what is lacking in or wrong with your life, you will always find a way to attract even more of what you don’t like.”  Richard Carlson, You Can Feel Good Again

Gratitude is the way we walk in grace.  While it may not be obvious why God “needs” our gratitude, we need the experience of being grateful.  When we are appreciative of life itself, we attract good experiences in that life.  If we focus on what is wrong, this, through the law of attraction, draws in more wrong to be experienced.

The law of attraction is actually not a particularly religious thing to believe.  It gives a secular slant to God Himself.   It seems to say that God falls in line with our own thinking and feeling, giving us what we have, perhaps unconsciously, asked for.  We don’t have to be centered in God to have this happen.

We thrive better when we think well of Life, though, and this includes God in particular.  We are creatures, first of all, for we know that we did not create ourselves.  What is the true and real meaning of the universe?  Tuning into God, attracting an Answer from the cosmos itself, will give us a way to live better.  It will assure us that living independently and alone, thrusting our Creator off as irrelevant, just doesn’t work very well in the long run.

When we focus on what is wrong, we get more of it, as Richard says.  This is fundamental law of attraction.

Let’s ask for some help in attracting what we truly desire, which is a life in which the love we experience is full and good.  And this love comes originally comes from God.

Is that not reason enough to be grateful for the gift of life itself?